Carl Arden--guitar,vocals Ty Durbrow--bass Kevin Moll--drums
Let me tell you about this MISS TEEN IDAHO; this is a true story. Sheri Short. Who? That's her name, MISS TEEN IDAHO. You see, when Carl (Arden)was up in Sand Point Idaho, playing some county fair, the real Miss Teen Idaho was there, making a singing appearance. At the time Carl was into this thing called "Pornin' People." Basically, that means you take the sleaziest porn pictures you can find, clip them out and then stick them in people's
belongings when their backs are turned. In this case, Carl snuck some particularly offensive geriatric porn (naked old ladies) into the portfolio belonging to... tada!...Miss Teen Idaho. Thus the name was born for a band that would
have gritty pop fun, and never succumb to taking itself to seriously, or shy away from any subject.
Carl's been down this road before. Hailing from Philadelphia, he had a band called Dandelion that made some noise, got picked up for distribution by Columbia Records, and toured with Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Agent Orange and
The Ramones. Seconds magazine editor George Petros interviewed the Philly garage-pop legend, and had this to say "It's Carl's everywhere guitar style that pushes the right buttons and makes this band go." All the way to Idaho,
is were Carl went.
So, maybe you fell down in Sand Point. the point is you, got up, hit the road, and put together a new band in Portland. then one day, you walked into the Satyricon club--- still needing a bass player--and you saw this guy wearn'
a Dandelion tee-shirt. Naturally, you ran right up to him; and he just about lost it when you shouted," Hey Ty!" But Carl knew Ty (Durbrow) as a guitar player when he used to see Ty's band Creech play back in Philly. Right then and there Carl found out : "You switched to bass?...I need a bass player let's go." their newbie drummer, Kevin Moll, keeps the ground beneath them heavy and steady.
Some of Miss Teen Idaho's new agro-pop songs, like "Sympathy For Brian Jones,"
and "Windowpane," may sound like drugged culture. There's an old Chinese saying that if you spend enough time walking near the edges, you either fall off or you become really good at what your doing. Or like what Conan the Barbarian once said, "That which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger."
Well, Carl fell off once before. He's back on board now; but he still remembers and writes about the edges. And you know what: He's really good at what he does. Just play your guitar, write some songs, and sing them. you could call
Miss Teen Idaho, the band that is sudden power pop, made in the moment by a man who's been there, done that, and has the tee-shirt.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Sympathy For Brian Jones
2. Sam I Am
4. Cotton Fever
5. Jackie O